Getting Started With… Jetpack

Getting Started With… Jetpack

Jetpack is a plugin we install as standard on all new helpfulwebhosting websites because it is full of useful and funky features. It’s made by the makers of WordPress so it’s trusted too. If you’d like to find out more about the plugin itself, read our Jetpack post but if you’re already sold on the benefits and just want to get started, read on!

Step 1

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  • Log in to your website at www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
  • If you’ve ever wondered about that “Your Jetpack is almost ready” message at the top of your dashboard, that means Jetpack is already installed and activated and we’re about to demystify it for you.
  • If you don’t have that message:
    • Click on Plugins on the lefthand side.
    • Check the list for ‘Jetpack’. If it is missing, install it by clicking Add New at the top of the page and searching for ‘Jetpack’. If it is there but isn’t activated, click Activate underneath the plugin name.

If you’re a helpfulwebhosting customer and have any trouble with this, don’t hesitate to get in touch over email or Skype and we’ll talk you through it.

Step 2

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Click on ‘Jetpack’ in the sidebar and check out all of the goodies you can add to your site. There are simple statistics to get an insight into your audience, Publicize to easily share your blog posts across social media, email subscriptions, fancy image galleries and a lot more. Find out about all of the available features by clicking on the Learn More buttons.

If you’re sold on the benefits, click on the ‘Connect to WordPress.com’ button at the top of the page.

“Don’t I already have a WordPress account?” – This is the question we get most often at this stage. Long story short: it’s a different thing and  you need it to activate Jetpack. Long story long: Back in the beginning there was only WordPress.org, the open source blogging platform you’re working on now. A little while later, the makers of WordPress decided to launch a blogging site to rival free hosted platforms like Blogger. Understandably, but confusingly, they called that platform WordPress.com. Wordpress.com evolved to include lots of useful bits and pieces that users of standalone WordPress installations liked the look of – Jetpack is the plugin that allows those to be included without bloating the core code with features not everybody wants.

Anyway, to progress to Step 3, click on ‘Connect to WordPress.com’.

Step 3

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You might already have a WordPress.com account if you played with the hosted platform before deciding that you wanted more control and signing up with us. If so, just enter your username and password here, click the ‘Authorize Jetpack’ button and you’re done.

If not, click on the ‘Need an account?’ button and progress to the next step.

Step 4

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Here’s where  you sign up for a WordPress.com account. Pop in your email address, your chosen username and a secure password and click ‘Sign Up’.

Step 5

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WordPress will send you an email to authenticate your account. Head over to your email inbox to complete your registration.

Step 6

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Then all you need to do is follow the instructions on screen… Click the big ‘Authorize Jetpack’ button and go play with all of your new toys!

Don’t forget, if you’re a helpfulwebhosting customer and you want assistance with any of this, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll walk you through. If you’re not a helpfulwebhosting customer and wished your host was as helpful as us, talk to us about switching.

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